The Overland Inn
Col. Joseph McCutchen built the McCutchen Overland Inn Museum, located in McCutchenville, Ohio, in 1829. The structure served as a stagecoach stop on the Harrison Trail. This trail was formerly an Indian Trail that extended from the Scioto River at Columbus, Ohio and continued north to Lake Erie. General Henry Harrison expanded the trail in order to accomodate his troops during the War of 1812.
The Inn later served as a hotel and an apartment building. By the time it was purchased by the Wyandot County Historical Society in 1964, the Inn had fallen into disrepair. It took three years for community volunteers to restore the building to its stagecoach days. The McCutchen Overland Inn Museum was dedicated as a stagecoach museum in 1967. It is one of only two original stagecoach inns remaining in the state of Ohio.
Visitors to the Inn will delight in the quaint structure furnished with antiques donated by residents of Wyandot County (and surrounding counties) and retaining the original reception and bar room where travelers registered to spend the night. Touring the Inn will provide an experience of nineteenth century travel throughout Ohio and America.
In 2002, a redecoration of the Inn turned into a second major renovation/restoration stretching out over a four-year period. The Inn’s foundation was reinforced, the log cabin was dismantled log by log, the log cabin foundation was replaced, and the log cabin was rebuilt. Floors were refinished or replaced and the Inn received a period-appropriate redecoration. An outpouring of support from current and former Wyandot County residents, businesses and organizations, including money collected by McCutchenville school children, provided financial resources as well as volunteer workers to complete the project. The grand reopening of the Inn was held on June 10, 2007. More than 500 people traveled to McCutchenville, Ohio to join in the festivities.
The Overland Inn is open for the season. For tour information, please contact WCHS at 419-294-3857 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!